POLb1003 Democracy, Autocracy and Ideology

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2023
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Teacher(s)
prof. PhDr. Jan Holzer, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Lubomír Kopeček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jakub Jusko (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Lubomír Kopeček, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Lucie Pospíšilová
Supplier department: Department of Political Science - Faculty of Social Studies
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! POL112 Democracy and Doctrines && ! NOW ( POL112 Democracy and Doctrines )
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course has two main goals: (1) Introducing to the problems of theoretical reflection of democratic and non-democratic regimes, and (2) offering a systematic survey of major political ideologies and doctrines of the modern world, from classical liberalism to contemporary socialism to environmentalism.
Course participants will acquire complex understanding of the nature, developments, and main features and practical-political consequences of modern political ideologies. They will be also able to describe and explain theoretical fundaments of democracy as a political system. Based on the acquired knowledge, students will know how to identify and analyze the ideological background of various political movements and organizations, as well as interpret their stance towards the democratic regime
Learning outcomes
Upon completing the course, students will be able to:
apprehend the philosophical and political bases of major political ideologies of modern times (from liberalism to environmentalism)
lead informed discussion about particular ideologies
present systematic understanding of the nature, development, main features, and major impacts of modern political ideologies
to identify and analyse the ideological background of various political movements and organizations,as well as interpret their stance towards the liberal democratic regime
appreciate the relationship between political thought and political practice
Syllabus
  • 1. Course introduction. Theory and practice of non-democracies
  • 2. Theory and practice of democracy I.
  • 3. Theory and practice of democracy II.
  • 4. The nature of political ideologies and the end-of-ideology thesis
  • 5. Consociational democracy; consensual and westminster models
  • 6. Liberalism: ideological hegemony as a benefit and burden
  • 7. Conservatism
  • 8. Socialism and communism
  • 9. Nationalism
  • 10. Anarchism: tradition and current variations
  • 11. Fascism and nazism
  • 12. Feminism as a tradition of thought
  • 13. Environmentalism
Literature
    required literature
  • Nyklová, Blanka. „Krajinou současného českého feminismu.“ Gender, rovné příležitosti, výzkum roč. 14, č. 1, 2013, s. 52–63
  • Barša, Pavel. „Liberalismus dnes. Odpovědi na otázky časopisu Kritika&Kontext.“ In: Barša, Orientálcova vzpoura. Praha: Dokořán, 2011, s. 266–270
  • Griffin, R. „Studying Fascism in a Postfascist Age. From New Consensus to New Wave?“ Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 1–17
  • Barša, Pavel. „Dvě podoby liberálního feminismu.“ In: Orientálcova vzpoura. Praha: Dokořán 2011, s. 271–278
  • BALÍK, Stanislav and Michal KUBÁT. Teorie a praxe nedemokratických režimů. 2., přeprac. vyd. Praha: Dokořán, 2012. 215 s. ISBN 9788073632663. info
  • BARŠA, Pavel. Orientálcova vzpoura : (a další texty texty z let 2003-2011). 1. vyd. Praha: Dokořán, 2011. 326 s. ISBN 9788086506944. info
  • HLOUŠEK, Vít, Lubomír KOPEČEK and Jakub ŠEDO. Politické systémy (Political Systems). Brno: Barrister & Principal, 2011. 292 pp. Politika, Evropská unie. ISBN 978-80-87474-23-5. URL info
  • JUDT, Tony. Zle se vede zemi : pojednání o naší současné nespokojenosti. Translated by Jakub Franěk. Vydání první. V Praze: Rybka Publishers, 2011. 191 stran. ISBN 9788087067321. info
  • JUDT, Tony. Zle se vede zemi : pojednání o naší současné nespokojenosti. Translated by Jakub Franěk. Vydání první. V Praze: Rybka Publishers, 2011. 191 stran. ISBN 9788087067321. info
  • HLOUŠEK, Vít and Lubomír KOPEČEK. Politické strany. Původ, ideologie a transformace politických stran v západní a střední Evropě (Political Parties. Origin, Ideology and Transformation of Political Parties in Western and Central Europe). Praha: Grada, 2010. 320 pp. edice Politologie. ISBN 978-80-247-3192-6. URL info
  • HROCH, Miroslav. Národy nejsou dílem náhody : příčiny a předpoklady utváření moderních evropských národů. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON), 2009. 315 s. ISBN 9788074190100. info
  • LEGUTKO, Ryszard. Ošklivost demokracie a jiné eseje. Edited by Maciej Ruczaj, Translated by Josef Mlejnek. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury (CDK), 2009. 322 s. ISBN 9788073251840. info
  • HEYWOOD, Andrew. Politické ideologie. Translated by Zdeněk Masopust. 4. vyd. Plzeň: Aleš Čeněk, 2008. 362 s. ISBN 9788073801373. info
  • HLOUŠEK, Vít and Lubomír KOPEČEK. Demokracie : Teorie, modely, osobnosti, podmínky, nepřátelé a perspektivy demokracie. 2nd ed. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2007. 380 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-4249-0. info
  • TOMEK, Václav and Ondřej SLAČÁLEK. Anarchismus : svoboda proti moci. Vyd. 1. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2006. 669 s. ISBN 8070217812. info
  • Liberalismus : program a instituce v Evropě a ČR. Edited by Milan J. Hamerský - Vladimíra Baumová. Vyd. 1. Brno: Institut Karla Havlíčka Borovského, 2004. 112 s. ISBN 8090307833. info
  • ŠARADÍN, Pavel. Historické proměny pojmu ideologie. 1. vyd. Brno: Centrum pro studium demokracie a kultury (CDK), 2001. 131 s. ISBN 80-85959-94-1. info
  • ŘÍCHOVÁ, Blanka. Přehled moderních politologických teorií. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2000. 303 s. ISBN 80-7178-461-3. info
  • GRAY, John. Liberalismus. Translated by Jan Fingerland. Praha: Občanský institut, 1999. 114 s. ISBN 8086228010. info
    not specified
  • Patočka, Josef: „Sbohem, přírodo. Ekologické myšlení na troskách utopie liberalismu.“ Sedmá generace 5/2017, 11–15.
  • HUŠEK, Petr. Postanarchismus : proměny strategií resistence : první dekáda 21. století. Opava: Slezská univerzita v Opavě, Fakulta veřejných politik, 2016. 79 stran. ISBN 9788075102256. info
  • BINKA, Bohuslav. Environmentální organizace v ČR. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita, 2015. 77 pp. ISBN 978-80-210-7815-4. info
  • Liberalismus : program a instituce v Evropě a ČR. Edited by Milan J. Hamerský - Vladimíra Baumová. Vyd. 1. Brno: Institut Karla Havlíčka Borovského, 2004. 112 s. ISBN 8090307833. info
Teaching methods
The basic pedagogical method of the course are lectures on each topic, which put the required readings into intellectual-historical context, and also focus on several selected problems and issues. Students are required to read the assigned readings before each lecture, so that they are ready to answer the teacher's in-class questions adequately.
Assessment methods
There are three requirements to fulfil in order to finish the course:

(1) A shorter written test midway through the term;
(2) short essay;
(3) final written test in the exam period (or oral examination in bad Covid situation).

The overall assessment (A through F) represents the total point score from the three parts. Questions in both of the written tests are based both on the assigned readings and on the content of the lectures.

Grading scale: A 40–36 points, B 35-33 points, C 32-30 bodů points, D 29-27 points, E 26-24 points, F 23 points and less.
Language of instruction
Czech
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
Teacher's information
For additional information please consult the course syllabus, which is available in the Study Materials section within the Information System
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022.
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